CMS Roundup

Emily Lewis

Choosing the right content management system for a client isn’t just a single decision about software. It’s an in-depth look at your client’s immediate and future goals, with careful thought about the people who will actually use the system. And it’s research. Lots of research.

We’re here to make that last part a little easier with a CTRL+CLICK roundup of intro-level CMS episodes. Listen to industry veterans (and creators of the systems themselves!) offer a quick view into technical specs and best use cases for Craft, Statamic, Perch and WordPress.

  • Choosing a CMS
    Stephanie Sullivan Rewis shares her research and evaluation process while trying to find the “right” CMS for her employer. She discusses what to consider, from business requirements to the needs of the development and creative teams.
  • Craft-y Sites
    Craft creator Brandon Kelly offers a peek at the iterative development process he and his team followed in building Craft. We discuss how Craft is different from other CMSs, some of the features that enhance the user experience, and the (minimal) learning curve involved.
  • Statamic
    Creator of Statamic, Jack McDade, talks about benefits of Statamic’s flat-file structure, unique control panel options, ongoing documentation efforts and add-on development.
  • Perch CMS
    Perch is a CMS that’s built for designers, a side project that creator Drew McLellan grew into a full-time venture. He discusses that process, future goals for Perch and Perch Runway, and features of like robust documentation and support.
  • When is WordPress the Right Fit?
    CMS developer Angie Herrera shares how her firm decides between WordPress and other CMSs. We talk about specific reasons why you’d choose one platform over another, where you shouldn’t use WordPress, and what “gotchas” to look out for.

If you are a designer or developer looking for content management solutions to make your clients’ (and your!) lives easier, these episodes should be on your “must listen” list! And if you don’t have time to listen to a full show, we’ve got transcripts — right on the page or downloadable in PDF format! — and detailed show notes. Skim through to get all the info in less time.

Are there other CMSs you’d like us to discuss? Let us know

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